New Zealand Climate Change Emergency

Mia Couture, Reporter

There has been a climate change emergency declared in New Zealand, and also a carbon neutral government by the year 2025. The prime minister Jacinda Ardern called it “one of the greatest challenges of our time.”

 

On Wednesday a motion tabled in the parliament recognised “the devastating impact that the volatile and extreme weather will have on New Zealand and the wellbeing of New Zealanders, on our primary industries, water availability, and public health through flooding, sea level rise, and wildfire.”

 

This acknowledged the “alarming trend in species declined and global biodiversity.” especially the decline in New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity. 32 other nations have recognized the global crisis by declaring a climate emergency.

 

Ardern said the country must “act with urgency”. “This declaration is an acknowledgement of the next generation. An acknowledgement of the burden that they will carry if we do not get this right and do not take action now,” she said.

“It is up to us to make sure we demonstrate a plan for action, and a reason for hope.” said Ardern.